PSBA recognizes individuals and entities for contributions and achievements on behalf of public education in Pennsylvania

William Howard Day Award

The award is named in honor of the first African-American school board president in the United States. Day served the Harrisburg City School Board for six terms starting in 1878, and was a member of the Pennsylvania State Directors’ Association, the predecessor of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA).

  • 2019 — State Senator Kristen Phillips-Hill (R-York (part))
  • 2018 — Joan L. Benso, President and CEO, PA Partnerships for Children
  • 2017 — State Senator Pat Browne (Lehigh Co.)
  • 2016 — Eugene DePasquale, PA Auditor General

Pennsylvania Education Innovation Awards

The award, initiated in 2017, recognizes innovative leadership in public school board governance, administration and teaching and is sponsored by CM Regent and CM Cares.



  • Innovative School Board Award: Pine-Richland Board of School Directors (Allegheny Co.)
  • Innovative School Leader Award: Scott Martin, superintendent of Bentworth School District (Washington Co.)
  • Innovative Teacher Award: Sarah Abercrombie, adapted physical education coordinator; Dawn Gallagher, autistic support teacher; and Erika Schwanbeck, physical education teacher, all of Keith Valley Middle School in Hatboro-Horsham School District (Montgomery Co.)


  • Innovative Teacher Award: Timothy Heffernan, High school gifted support teacher, Franklin Area High School (Venango Co.)
  • Innovative School Leader Award: Khalid N. Mumin, Ed.D., Superintendent, Reading School District (Berks Co.)
  • Innovative School Board Award: Cumberland Valley Board of School Directors (Cumberland Co.)


  • Innovative School Board Award: Derry Township School Board (Dauphin Co.)
  • Innovative School Leader Award: Rob Caroselli, Fox Chase Elementary School, School District of Philadelphia (Philadelphia Co.)
  • Innovative Teacher Award: Kristen Albright, library media specialist, gifted support teacher and technology coach, Penns Valley Elementary and Intermediate School, Penns Valley Area School District (Centre Co.)

Chief Executive Officer’s Distinguished Service Pin

Established in 2017, the Distinguished Service Pin recognizes PSBA members, staff and education advocates for their extraordinary service and work on behalf of the Association.


  • Mark B. Miller
  • Barbara Bolas
  • Christina Griffiths
  • Roberta Marcus
  • Marianne Neel
  • Kathy Swope

Accredited School Director Leader

In 2019, the PSBA Governing Board adopted a standard recognition for school directors that have continued their learning throughout their terms on their local boards. This PSBA-initiated credential shall be awarded to all school directors who successfully complete a rigorous combination of online and in-person training. Current school directors serving at a PSBA-member district may apply at any time to receive the designation of “Accredited School Director Leader” (PSBA-ASDL) via an application available on the PSBA website beginning fall 2020. Details of the process will be made available during the October PSBA Leadership Conference for members interested in applying for the ASDL designation.

Active Designation
Current school directors may maintain their PSBA-ASDL designation by attending the PASA/PSBA Leadership Conference or attending their local Sectional Meeting and completing two additional PSBA webinars, online courses or live trainings/seminars annually. Active PSBA-ASDL members are invited to attend an annual private briefing at the conference. Active PSBA-ASDL directors may use the ASDL designation and appropriate logo.

  • Michael Faccinetto, Bethlehem Area, 2015
  • Claire Ann Buckley, Kane Area, 2015
  • Thomas Kerek, Kane Area, 2015
  • Rebecca Bowman, Peters Township, 2015
  • Lisa Anderson, Peters Township, 2015
  • Mark B. Miller, Centennial, 2015
  • Maura Buri, Upper Merion, 2015
  • Janet Flisak, Souderton, 2015
  • Brian Bressler, Tyrone Area, 2012
  • Larry Augustine, Selinsgrove Area, 2012
  • Joseph Zupancic, Canon-McMillan, 2012
  • Richard Frerichs, Penn Manor, 2011
  • Daniel O'Keefe, Northgate, 2011
  • Idette Groff, Conestoga Valley, 2008

Retired Designation
Retired PSBA-ASDL individuals may continue to use the designation of ASDL-R and are not required to complete any further continuing education.

  • Susan Herman, Grove City, 2015
  • Anthony Rizzo, Richland, 2015
  • Carlotta J. Del Vecchio, Leechburg, 2015
  • Darlene Garcia-Johnson, Milton Area, 2015
  • Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, St. Marys Area, 2015
  • Eric T. Elvanian, Upper Merion Area, 2015
  • Eric Wolfgang, Central York, 2015
  • Glenn J. Tuttle, Crawford Central, 2015
  • Heidi Eby, Derry Township, 2015
  • Jane Schrader Lynch, Centennial, 2015
  • Joseph C. Zimmerman, Annville-Cleona, 2015
  • Keith Hastings, Kane Area, 2015
  • Kelly Mefford, Dover Area, 2015
  • Lawrence Borland, Franklin Regional, 2015
  • Maureen O'Leary, Lower Merion, 2015
  • Michele Maffei, Coatesville, 2015
  • Robert W. Mahood, Richland, 2015
  • Roberta M. Marcus, Parkland, 2015
  • Russell J. Diesinger, Exeter Township, 2015
  • Stacy Meyer, Spring Grove Area, 2015
  • Todd A. Gettys, West York, 2015
  • Todd Orner, Gettysburg Area, 2015
  • Maureen Grosheider, North Allegheny , 2012
  • Kimberly Grundon, East Pennsboro, 2012
  • Tom McGough, Plum Borough, 2012
  • Karen Whyte, Athens Area, 2012
  • R. Baumgartner, Souderton Area, 2011
  • Atalanta Shabloski, Wellsboro Area, 2011
  • Vincent Sherpinsky, North Penn, 2011
  • Jody Sperry, Conneaut, 2010
  • Donald Yoder, Dallastown Area, 2010
  • Michael Paston, Upper Dublin, 2010
  • Kathy Swope, Lewisburg Area, 2010
  • Robert Bold, Parkland, 2009
  • Karen Brennan, Athens Area, 2009
  • Eric Wolfgang, Central York, 2009
  • Keith Reese, Bald Eagle, 2009
  • Donald Raifsnider, Muhlenberg, 2009
  • Barbara Frankhouser, 2008
  • Robert Lumley-Sapanski, Bellefonte Area, 2008
  • Marianne Neel, West Jefferson Hills, 2008
  • Pamela Hansen, Williamsport Area, 2008
  • Edward Maritz, Sto-Rox, 2008
  • Roberta Marcus, Parkland, 2008
  • Frederick Botterbusch, Dallastown Area, 2008
  • Lou Ann Evans, State College Area, 2008
  • Shauna D'Alessandro, West Jefferson Hills, 2008

The Allwein Society

The Allwein Society is a recognition program honoring school directors who are outstanding leaders and advocates on behalf of public schools and students. This prestigious honor was created in 2011 in memory of Timothy M. Allwein, a former PSBA staff member who exemplified the integrity, dedication and commitment to advance political action for the benefit of public education. Tim inspired and helped many others to become successful advocates. Originally called the Allwein Award, the name was changed to Allwein Society in 2018 to reflect the ongoing nature of advocacy work. Nominations are accepted year-round and new inductees are recognized annually during the fall PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference. Click here for more information about the Allwein Society. Learn more about current Allwein Society members.

Allwein Society members

      • 2019 — Jill Dennin, Boyertown Area School District and Berks County Intermediate Unit (Berks Co.); Mike Faccinetto, Bethlehem Area School District (Northampton Co.); Joyce Wilkerson, the School District of Philadelphia (Philadelphia Co.); and Kathy Swope, Lewisburg Area School District (Union Co.)
      • 2016 — Richard L. Frerichs, Penn Manor School District (Lancaster Co.)
      • 2015 — Lynn L. Foltz, Wilmington Area School District (Lawrence Co.)
      • 2014 — Shauna M. D’Alessandro CPA, West Jefferson Hills School District (Allegheny Co.)
        Mark B. Miller, Centennial School District (Bucks Co.)
      • 2013 — Tina Viletto, School District of Cheltenham Township (Montgomery Co.)
      • 2012 — Roberta M. Marcus, Parkland School District (Lehigh Co.)
      • 2011 — Lawrence A. Feinberg, The School District of Haverford Township (Delaware Co.)